My recent research has explored the relationship between health, medicine, and marginalized bodies. I'm still pursuing several projects in this area, but going forward, I will be focusing more on my eventual dissertation topic, technologies of size policing and body regulation in children. So far, I'm planning to look at the Let's Move! campaign, weight loss camps, bariatric surgery, and weight loss drugs. Children are the target of so many weight loss interventions these days, but there is little discussion of the histories behind these interventions and how they've shaped what we're currently experiencing. My goal is to use the insights from my research to make a strong case for how and why these interventions should be disrupted.
Right now, I'm writing my qualifying papers for the Communication department, to be completed September 2020.
Paper 1: A history of how fatness came to be understood as something simultaneously common and abnormal.
Paper 2: Children's bodies as a site of national anxiety. How do public feelings contribute to the way children are thought about and treated?